ShareThis Page

Rules set on logging in Fawn

| Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 12:11 a.m.

Logging operations in Fawn will now be regulated by an ordinance passed Tuesday night.

Concerns have been raised recently as a result of damage done to roads during timber harvesting and possible soil erosion.

The ordinance spells out the need to regard the property of adjacent landowners and the environmental impact from improper tree harvesting, among other regulations. Now, a logging plan has to be submitted to the township by a professional forester or a forest technician. The plans address erosion, sedimentation control and stream crossing.

For instance, logging within 75 feet of a trout stream is prohibited unless certain conditions are met.

Road bonds are to be posted by the logger in a “form acceptable to the township.”

“We have to get plans put into place, and you can't come out on to our roads without a bond,” supervisors Chairman Dave Montanari said.

Loggers also must make sure township roads remain free of mud, dirt and debris resulting from timber harvesting.

Tree harvesting can take place only between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., and no logging operations are permitted on Sundays.

A township-appointed enforcement officer can shut down an operation without a logging plan or when an immediate environmental risk is determined. Ordinance violators must be provided with a written statement describing each violation.

Litter also must be cleaned up after a logging operation has been completed.

Convicted violators can be fined up to $500 per day.

Officials said the ordinance doesn't regulate timber harvest for home use, noncommercial timber stand improvement work or a change in the land's usage.

Tree pruning, removal of less desirable trees and large shrub removal are not affected by the ordinance.

The ordinance will take effect Saturday.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.